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UW-Eau Claire faculty, academic staff members announce retirements

RELEASED: May 12, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Eight faculty or academic staff members at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have announced their recent or upcoming retirements.

Ronadin Carey, assistant professor of information literacy and periodicals librarian, McIntyre Library, will retire in June after eight years of service. Her research work has been in the management of print and online journals in an academic setting. Carey earned a master's degree in library science from the University of North Texas, where she received the Outstanding Student Award. She also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from UW-Stout and a bachelor's degree in environmental and public health from UW-Eau Claire. Carey is a member of the Wisconsin Library Association, the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians, the North American Serials Interest Group, the American Library Association, the American Association of University Women and Women in Higher Education.

Nancy Clark Scobie, lecturer in communication and journalism, retired in January after 20 years of service. She primarily taught "Fundamentals of Speech." Clark Scobie earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education from UW-Eau Claire, where she majored in speech and minored in English. She received her master's degree in teaching from UW-Eau Claire and also holds an education specialist degree in guidance and counseling from UW-Stout. Clark Scobie has co-authored two novels and several books of poetry and prose, and she co-edits and publishes annually a book by and about grandmothers in the Chippewa Valley, the proceeds of which go to the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association and UW-Eau Claire's University Women's Association Grant Fund. She is an emeritus member of the CVCA board of directors and has been on the board of directors for the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, University Women's Association and Cook-Rutledge Mansion in Chippewa Falls.

Dr. V. Thomas Dock, dean emeritus, College of Business, will retire in July after 18 years of service. He also taught business administration and, in 2008, served as acting vice chancellor for administration, finance and facilities at UW-Eau Claire. Among the highlights during Dock's tenure in the College of Business were the restructuring of UW-Eau Claire's former business school into a college in 1994; the college's accreditation in 1997 and reaccreditation in 2009 by AACSB International; the addition of seven specialized undergraduate emphases, three new minors, five certificate programs and an online MBA program; and the acquisition of more than $4 million in gifts and grants used to support technology, student scholarships, faculty and staff professional development, and 12 named classrooms, labs and learning spaces within Schneider Hall. Dock recently was named Outstanding Public Employee of the Year by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the author or co-author of eight textbooks and has been an active member of the boards of directors for the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater Eau Claire and Junior Achievement. Dock holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a master's degree from UW-Superior and a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Barbara Erdman began her service at UW-Eau Claire in 2000 as an assistant professor in the education studies (then foundations of education) department, where she has served as library science and media education program coordinator. She will retire in May after 10 years of service. Erdman taught library science, media education and educational technology. She was the UW-Eau Claire representative in the UW System School Library Education Consortium, a collaborative venture of five UW System universities, including campuses in Eau Claire, Madison, Oshkosh, Superior and Whitewater. Erdman also was a grant development team member in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program of the U.S. Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, which awarded $989,495 to the UWSSLEC in June 2009.

She earned both her master's degree in library and information studies and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison. She is a member of American Education Research Association, American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Public Library Association, Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association and the Wisconsin Library Association.

Dr. Patrick James "PJ" Kennedy, director emeritus of Counseling Services, will retire in September after 26 years of service. He served as a counselor and senior psychologist and was Employee Assistance Program coordinator from 1984-94. Kennedy also taught introductory and upper-level psychology courses. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of St. Scholastica, his master of counseling degree from Arizona State University and his doctorate in counseling and student personnel psychology from the University of Minnesota. Kennedy belongs to the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors and the Wisconsin Association of Professional Counselors in Higher Education, and he has conducted research in the area of college-age alcohol use.

Robert Lieske, media specialist emeritus in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will retire in September after 27 years of service. Lieske provided a broad range of media support to nursing faculty, staff and students. He also taught a media course in elementary education and was in charge of the language lab in the department of foreign languages for two years. Lieske has a bachelor's degree in education from UW-Milwaukee and a master's degree in educational technology from UW-Madison. He was a member of the Wisconsin Educational Media Association and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology. In 2009 he received the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ihle Family Award for Caring along with colleague Marcia Bollinger.

Karen Maddox, associate professor emerita of nursing, will retire in May after 31 years of service. She taught pediatrics/adolescent health, community health and health assessment. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas, a master's degree in nursing from Texas Woman's University and a master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota. Maddox received many honors and awards, including the 2009 Mary Adelaide Nutting Award from the Wisconsin Public Health Association; the 2004 Wisconsin Idea Fellow designation from the UW System Board of Regents; the 2003-04 Rita Kisting Sparks Service Award and the 1996-97 Suzanne Van Ort Award for Faculty Creativity and Scholarliness, both from the UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences (then School of Nursing); and the 1994 Nurse of the Year Award from the Wisconsin March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and Wisconsin Nurses Association. Maddox has published research in the areas of health status and physical fitness of youth attending summer sports programs, served as the medical coordinator and camp nurse for UW-Eau Claire's Wisconsin Youth Success Program (then National Youth Sports Program) during the summers of 1987-2000, and has been active in the LEAP Project — Linking Education and Practice for Excellence in Public Health Nursing — a regional collaboration with public health nursing departments. She is a member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau-Delta Phi Chapter and the Wisconsin and National Associations of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners.

Paolo Ranaldi, senior lecturer emeritus of mathematics, will retire in May after 26 years of service. He taught courses in introductory mathematics, algebra, pre-calculus, trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, and introductory proof and logic. Ranaldi holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron and a master's degree from Purdue University. He is a member of the American Contract Bridge League.

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